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Not Safe
By Guest Author on March 15th, 2013

Every week I go to a foster care residential home with a group from Orphan Justice Center. I visit little 4–7-year-olds full of energy, waiting to be placed in a “home” with one of their family members or a new foster family. Every week is different. Sometimes the kids laugh and play and love to hear our stories about Jesus and how much He loves them. I leave with my heart full of love.

Sometimes I leave with pain in my heart. Last week little Kathleen gripped my hand when one of the boys came near her and said, “I don’t like him. He says naughty things. He told me to touch his private part.” My stomach dropped and everything inside me wanted to grab her and run far away from this place. But instead, I asked calmly, “Did you tell a staff person?” She nodded with tears in her eyes. “I didn’t want to touch it.” For an hour, I held her hand and kept her safe.

I felt the Father whisper “This is not ok.” My heart filled with pain and grief, my eyes with tears. It’s not ok that these kids live in fear and that they continue in cycles of abuse. It’s not ok that they don’t have a mom and dad to tuck them in and pray over them and teach them how precious they are, how much Jesus loves them.

I wanted to shout truth over them, “Jesus has a plan and purpose for you, a future and a destiny! He knit you together in your mothers’ wombs! He is near to you. He will never leave you or forsake you. His name is a strong tower; His children run into it and are safe!” I want to make all the darkness and lies and bondage and fatherlessness go away.

Our Heavenly Father wants to reveal this truth and His love to these fatherless children. We can partner with His heart and ask Him to deliver them from fear and shame and heal their little broken hearts.

I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed. (Ps. 34:4–5)

We can ask for the hearts of fathers to turn toward children.

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse. (Mal. 4:5–6)

For familes to foster and adopt, and be Jesus’ hands and feet.

Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. (Mt. 9:37-38)

For the whole Body of Christ to respond to the cry of the orphan in their community.

Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. (Jas. 1:27)

– Bethany Hackmann

Pictures in this post are of D’Asia T., and Tiana B., who are waiting to be adopted. Find our more at MOHeartGallery.org »

 

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